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Mount Lillian

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass
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Length

4.1 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.

Rating

2.50 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Mount Lillian makes for a great day hike in spring, with its fabulous wildflowers and miles of incredible views paired with with mild elevation gains and mostly good trail.

The trail starts just inside the entrance of the Wilcox campground, near the first vault toilet. The Mount Lillian Trail (1601) is good enough up to the first viewpoint, but shortly after, it degrades, becoming much dustier and slippery. This is thanks to the Table Mountain fire, which burned through here in 2012. While a significant amount of the forest survived and small flora is returning, you'll be hiking in and out of the big burn area.

To avoid scrambling up (or down) the unstable tread in the burn, detour off Trail 1601 onto the jeep track 4W312, a junction you arrive at 0.6 miles into your hike from the campground.

This jeep track, while wider and less rugged, leads north to an open, rocky viewpoint, including the Teanaway, the peaks of the Enchantments and even Glacier Peak. This viewpoint is found at the northwest corner of a high plateau, along a rim road with the best wildflower fields in the area.

From there, the jeep track heads east a few hundred yards to the southern terminus of the Tronsen Ridge Trail. At this junction, the road curves around to the south, and after 0.6 miles, arrive at a fork in the trail. The righthand trail rejoins is 1601, which you can take down to the trailhead.

WTA Pro Tip: The trail leading left takes you to the summit of Mount Lillian in 1.5 miles. This route can be very slippery and difficult to navigate thanks to the aforementioned fire -- if you decide to continue up to the actual top of the large face (hiking southeast from the junction with the Tronsen Ridge trail), bring trekking poles and gaiters, to help with stabilization and keeping dust out of your shoes.

 

Mount Lillian

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3115, -120.5322 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

Mount Lillian (#1601)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Central Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

National Geographic Alpine Lakes

Buy the Green Trails Wenatchee/Mission Ridge/Devils Gulch No. 211S map

Getting There

Drive to the summit of Blewett Pass on Highway 97. From here, turn right onto Forest Road 9716, which is passable by a sedan, though high-clearance vehicles are advised for Road 9712. From Road 9716, turn left onto Road 9712 and proceed with caution -- this road is rutted and steep, and boulders have been known to slide onto the road. Drive 1.6 miles up this road, continuing on 9716 past the junction with Road 35 for another 3 miles to the Ken Wilcox Horse Camp.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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